By Katrina Whiteman
Queen Size 23" by 33"
Poster Mounted on 1" Card
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Rationale for Theme - QUEEN
Taking an in depth look at a number of women who have made, and continue to make, a considerable and positive impact on the world around them is no easy feat.
With the commencement of this project it was a challenge to give credit to each woman as an individual, yet depict all of the chosen queens as a collective working towards a common goal – notably putting tremendous efforts towards furthering women’s rights, with some women working directly in HIV relief efforts.
With this challenge in mind, I then went ahead and looked at where each women was from (geographically speaking). I did some research into national plants and blooms of these areas, such as Jasmine blossoms that are native to Pakistan and a Blue Flag Iris from Québec, Canada. I then sketched out some ideas on how to compile these blooms into a composition. Additionally, many of these women were described as being “unruly” in the sense that they broke away from the status quo, so I felt a highly energetic depiction of an overgrown garden would be a symbolic portrayal of these qualities.
Further reasoning behind the garden theme would be that when considering how to facilitate growth and nourish organic life, it is often only once the environment around a plant is changed that it will truly flourish. Only once sunlight, water, and nutrients from the soil are all in sufficient supply will the plant truly benefit. Merely changing the qualities of the plant itself will not result in emerging new growth. With this in mind, many of these women have overcome obstacles to improve not only the environments around themselves, but fostered change to allow for safe and open environments for others around them and future generations.
The end illustration features bold, bright, colours and a variety of textures to show the variety amongst these women highlighting upon their incredible passion and resiliency in overcoming adversity.
This piece was created using a mix of traditional techniques with some digital aid. All of the elements of the piece were sketched by hand using a variety of mediums such as ink, pencil, pastel, and brush pens. These individual sketches were then scanned into the computer, where they were coloured digitally and compiled to create the final composition.
More about the GDC - RRF collaboration here
2015 Theme - QUEEN!
“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.” Aretha Franklin
Ribbon Rouge #8 is QUEEN!
Our theme this year explores powerful women; women of vision and unsung heroes in our communities and globally. “Unruly” women who broke away from the status quo…bothered people…shook up the system and birthed social revolutions. To their various capacities, these women used whatever they had to be the difference and they inspire us to become our own brands of heretics. A few of them have worked directly in HIV relief efforts, others have put in tremendous efforts to further women’s rights. In all, their efforts have directly or indirectly contributed to progress on gender equity, which in turn, contributes to getting to Zero HIV.
These Queens inspire us to each cause a RUCKUS!
…To get out in front and create our own tribes, our own movements for positive change. To believe in ourselves, as such inspire others to do the same.
Ribbon Rouge #8 presents these women, their ideas, their thoughts…feelings to you through the night.